Attorney Named Star Valley Town Manager

Tim Grier adds town manager title to his town attorney and chief financial officer duries

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In a little more than three years since its inception, Star Valley has had a handful of town managers. Tim Grier was added to the list when he was appointed town manager Tuesday night at a council meeting.

Grier, already the town attorney and chief financial officer, acted as town manager since Vito Tedeschi abruptly left in August.

With a handful of applicants vying for the open position, Star Valley decided against interviews and consolidated the positions of attorney and manager into one to save money.

Both Mayor Chuck Heron and Vice Mayor Bill Rappaport said money was the main reason Grier was hired.

“The town does not have the income we thought we would have because of the general economy, so in Tim we are getting two for the price of one,” Rappaport said.

“The main reason was to save money,” Heron said. “We are looking very carefully at our expenses and there really isn’t room for both a full-time town manager and town attorney.”

Grier will receive a yearly salary of $75,000 plus bonuses, a town car, computer and cell phone according to his contract. According to records, when Tedeschi was hired in 2006, his contract was for $70,720.

“We are going to save the town a considerable amount of money,” Rappaport said.

Heron said he is confident Grier’s experience managing his own business and law practice has provided him with the knowledge to manage the town effectively.

Grier said he was glad and grateful to have the new position and that this would be his last career change.

Look for a profile of Grier in the Living section of the Roundup, Friday, Dec. 26.

Also at the meeting, the council passed two ordinances, appointed seven members to the water and sewer commission and discussed the 2009 block grants.

The first ordinance change put a manufacture date of 20 years or less on all manufactured homes and park model campers brought into town.

Existing homes would not be affected by the change, but any replacement homes would. The old planning and zoning code did not include a manufacture deadline.

The new section of the ordinance also requires manufactured homes be inspected and constructed to meet the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requirements. Park model campers have to meet requirements of the Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association.

The only councilmember to vote against the ordinance was Barbara Hartwell, who said she would have liked to see the age limit set to 15 years.

Hartwell said manufactured homes built even 10 years ago were not built to the same standards of today.

“I would have like to see it set to five or 10 years even,” she said.

The second ordinance passed establishes a minor land division.

The ordinance allows the building department and planning consultant to approve all minor land divisions instead of the planning and zoning commission, clearing the commission to do other work. Any requests that do not meet code would be submitted to the commission.

Councilmember George Binney voted no because of one line in the ordinance that he said gives too much power to the government. Binney said he approved of the overall ordinance, just not the part that states a minor land division cannot attempt to evade the laws governing subdivisions.

Central Arizona Association of Governments Community Development Director Peter Armenta was also at the meeting gathering ideas on how to spend an estimated $140,000 in federal grant money.

At a Nov. 21 council meeting, Schofield solicited ideas from the council on community-enhancing projects. Funding comes from the state’s Community Development Block Grant program, which is aimed at helping low- to moderate-income communities.

Based on suggestions, Schofield recommended three programs — chip sealing roads, building culverts and housing rehabilitation.

The council decided Tuesday to focus the funds on building culverts because it would benefit the most people.

The town will vote on a resolution, allocating the funds in an upcoming meeting.

A newly created water and sewer commission will start to tackle the town’s tough water issues now that the council has appointed seven members and two alternates to three- and two-year terms.

Vern Leis, William Davis, William Heath, Timothy Bradley, Ray Lyons, Mark Freegard and Brad Jones were added to the committee. Bob Hibbert and Wayne Van Horn will act as alternates.

“Welcome gentleman, you have a lot of work to do,” Heron said.

Duties for the commission include acquiring the Payson Water Company, helping maintain well monitoring and rain gauge data, pursuing all solutions to wastewater treatment problems and assisting in water conservation measures and education.

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